Jury finds driver reckless in crash that killed motorcycle passenger

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A Franklin County jury wasn’t convinced that Joshua L. McFall was under the influence of alcohol when he caused a fatal crash two years ago near Minerva Park.

But the jurors concluded that he was driving recklessly, which was enough to convict him Friday of aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of a passenger on the motorcycle that his car rear-ended at Rt. 161 and Buenos Aires Boulevard.

They also found him guilty of aggravated vehicular assault for critically injuring the motorcycle’s driver and with tampering with evidence for altering video on his car’s dashboard camera before handing it over to police.

McFall, 39, of the Northeast Side, could be sent to prison for as many as 9 1/2 years when he is sentenced Sept. 13 by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye.

McFall was driving west on Rt. 161 when his Subaru Imprezza slammed into the rear of a motorcycle that was stopped for a red light at Buenos Aires Boulevard in Blendon Township at 1:44 a.m. on July 16, 2016. The impact killed 45-year-old Michelle Baier and injured Shawn Nafzger, her fiance.

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